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Unfortunately, we will be canceling our second holiday market that was to take place tomorrow, December 8th, due to weather and safety concerns. We apologize for the inconvenience and can’t wait to see you all for the 2014 season! Please feel free to check our vendors’ websites and Facebook pages to get information on purchasing their holiday products (many sell online).
The NS-FM Family
We will be holding our first annual holiday markets for the North Stafford Farmers Market on November 24th and December 8th! Come enjoy the festivities, while browsing holiday offerings that include: Decorations, Wreaths, Door Swags & Garland, Jams & Jellies, Assorted Cookies & Desserts, Coffees & Teas, Handmade Soaps, Handmade Wooden Bowls, Dog Treats & Fresh Breads, Local Meats & Honeys…and much more!
We will be having a FREE RAFFLE! See you there
NS-FM was proud to partner with a local preschool program on a recent activity. Stafford County Parks & Rec is starting a new program called Nature Explorers, a monthly program for preschoolers aimed at bringing a hands-on, fun appreciation for nature. This month’s class focused on apples, and they conducted apple taste tests at their activity this week. At the end of the activity, each preschooler received a certificate to come to the Market Manager tent to receive one free apple from a local vendor. What a great program, and NS-FM was happy to participate!
Here is a list of the preschool program’s upcoming activities:
Stafford County Sun: The S.E.R.V.E. organization that helps needy residents of Stafford and nearby counties is getting some help from local farmers and sellers.
The growers and retailers who set up their stands at the North Stafford Farmers Market and sell their fruits, vegetables and breads are helping others when their selling day is done.
What goods don’t sell by the end of the market day, several stands contribute to the food bank run by Stafford Emergency Relief through Volunteer Efforts.
Produce seller Larry Day owns a small, family-run farm in Summerduck and displayed a selection of produce for sale at the market held Sundays near Stafford Hospital.
His produce for sale at The Green Thumb stand included tomatoes and peppers, grown without chemicals, he pointed out.
He noted that while his selection is modest, he tries to donate to S.E.R.V.E. every week.
Six produce stands, a bakery stand and meat and poultry stands usually donate to S.E.R.V.E., whose mission is to “encourage individuals and groups to work together to alleviate local human suffering by meeting the emergency needs of individuals and families who are experiencing financial crisis, and to promote programs to help individuals to become more self sufficient.”
Jeanette Moler, of Great Harvest Bread Company in Burke and Lorton, was about to finish her day’s selling when Fred Cannon of S.E.R.V.E. strolled by her stand with several plastic bins.
She was ready for his question of how many bins she could fill with bread that afternoon. Moler said that she donates about 100 loaves a week to area organizations. When Cannon drove by the stands to pick up the donations, Molar had three bins ready to load.
“We like to give back to the community,” she said.
Tomas Ramirez got a bin and was soon filling it, with help from his sister Jessica, 9. The fruits and vegetables he sells are grown at Barajas Produce in Colonial Beach. While he contributes produce to S.E.R.V.E., the donations are split with his uncle.
“He has a restaurant, so some of the fruits and vegetables he can use,” Tomas Ramirez said.
When all the donations were in and the produce hauled to the S.E.R.V.E. building for weighing, the organization got 331 pounds of produce and bread, said Cannon, a member of the S.E.R.V.E. board, which is not paid but rather pays or volunteers to have a seat.
He was happy with Sunday’s donations, even though the previous week brought in more.
“[This way,] people who come to the pantry on Monday will get fresh vegetables,” said Cannon, a retired Marine.
On average we give a family of four about 50 pounds of staples, meat and bread, S.E.R.V.E. executive director Marilyn Stevens said.
In July, 282 Stafford County families, comprised of 854 individuals, received 17,765 pounds of food from S.E.R.V.E., while their pets got 390 pounds of kibble, Stevens said.
The organization also provided financial assistance to 25 Stafford County families, so a total of 66 individuals received $2,230.01, she said.
“A family of 5-8 would be given approximately 80 pounds and a family of 9 or more about 100 pounds of food to last them a week,” she stated. “We also have some toiletries and supplies that can help them to stretch their income.”
In August, they helped 43 new clients, families that had never asked for food assistance, said Stevens.
Also in August, 41 of 54 clients who got financial assistance were new to S.E.R.V.E.
“We have a lot of families in need surrounding us at all times,” Stevens said.
The organization, which got its start in 1979, now has four paid employees and 28 volunteers who work out of a converted home at 15 Upton Lane.
But they need to expand their current facility to accommodate the growing need for food and funds, Stevens said. They got $60,000 from Dave and Nancy Honeywell’s foundation for the annex to the pantry.
“The generosity of these people is just amazing,” said Stevens. “We have no words to express our appreciation.”
Mt. Ararat church in North Stafford donated $27,000 on May 19 to the building fund.
“But we had to purchase $14,031.23 worth of food that we didn’t have,” Stevens said, “in order to provide for our clients’ emergency food needs.”
The need for funds continues and S.E.R.V.E. is holding a golf tournament at The Gauntlet Golf Club on Oct. 4.
“Emergency situations stay around these days, they happen when a job is lost, benefits get cut, or a mother and her children are abandoned,” Stevens said. “Life happens.”
NS-FM is proud to sponsor the Stafford Rockets football team in the Stafford County Parks & Rec football league’s Intermediate Division. The market’s contribution helped purchase uniforms and equipment, ultimately lowering the overall cost to each player’s family. The Rocket’s opening game is this Saturday, September 7th at McDuff Green Park at 12:30pm. Please come out and show your support!
Here is a list of the Rocket’s entire schedule:
-Saturday, 9/07/13 at McDuff Green Park at 12:30pm
Rockets vs Redskins
-Saturday, 9/21/13 at Patawomeck Park at 12:30pm
Rockets vs Panthers
-Tuesday, 9/24/13 at Patawomeck Park at 8:00pm
Rockets vs Steelers
-Saturday, 9/28/13 at Patawomeck Park at 9:30am
Rockets vs Wolfpack
-Saturday, 10/12/13 at Smith Lake Park at 11:00am
Rockets vs Wolfpack
-Saturday, 10/19/13 at McDuff Green Park at 2:00pm
Rockets vs Panthers
-Saturday, 10/26/13 at Patawomeck Park at 9:30am
Rockets vs Steelers
The Lions District 24-A Mobile Sight & Hearing Van will visit the North Stafford Farmers Market on September 8, 2013 from 8AM – 2PM. Each van is equipped and supplied so that the Lions of District 24-A can conduct free sight, glaucoma, hearing, and blood pressure screenings. Members of the Stafford County Lions Club will be on hand to assist with the screenings. All are welcome and there is no charge. Please come out and take advantage of this opportunity to head off problems with blood pressure, hearing and sight!
Date: September 8, 2013
Time: 8AM – 2PM
Location: North Stafford Farmers Market
125 Hospital Center Blvd. Stafford, VA 22554
NS-FM welcomes Stafford’s Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, August 11th! Firefighters from Station 2 will bring their fire truck for the kids from 11am-1pm, so make sure that you bring the entire family. Please come support them and their time, while you’re at the market picking up your fresh produce for the week.
We’re very excited and can’t wait to see you there!
NS-FM will be implementing a couple changes this Sunday. We conducted a mid-season analysis of the market’s layout and decided to bring the vendors on the far end to a more centralized location. It’s important to us that we maintain an open atmosphere, with enough space for customers to easily transit from one end to the other, however we will be condensing slightly to help highlight some of our fantastic vendors that sometimes get missed, as well as make the market more manageable for our customers who have difficulties walking longer distances. Please come support our vendors as they adjust to their new location to offer you their fresh products at a higher convenience.
Again, thank you for helping to get the word out to your friends and family! We’re growing steadily, but need your help to make the farmers market a success.
We’ll see you this Sunday!
NS-FM is pleased to announce that it will be giving back to the Stafford County School District through the “Stuff the Bus” campaign. Every Sunday through August 23rd, the farmers market will be collecting desperately needed school supplies for underprivileged children. Each fall, thousands of children start the school year without basic school supplies. Please help contribute to this great cause, and drop off any of the supplies listed below at the Market Manager tent when you make your weekly trip to the farmers market. Thank you for donating to this great cause, and we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
WHAT TO DONATE:
- No. 2 Pencils
- 3-Hole Pencil Pouches
- 3-Ring Binders
- Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
- Book Covers
- Colored Pencils
- Composition Notebooks
- D’Nealian Tablets
- Drafting Kits
- Dry Erase Markers/Erasers
- Glue Sticks
- Index Cards
- Loose Leaf, 3-Hole Paper
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Pens – black, blue and red
- Plastic Storage Bags
- Pocketed Folders
- Post-it Notes
- Rulers (12-inch)
- Safety Scissors
- Single Subject Spiral Notebooks
- Tabbed Dividers
- USB Flash Drives
- Washable, Classic Color Markers
Can’t make it to NS-FM on Sundays? Here is a list of other drop-off points that support the Stuff the Bus initiative.
Today’s recipe blog comes from Paige Pearson:
For those who don’t know yet, the farmer’s market recently came to Stafford and it is wonderful! The North Stafford Farmer’s Market is on Sundays from 8-2 and located in the parking lot of Stafford Hospital. Lots of fresh picked fruits and veggies, homemade breads, coffee, local honey, cool creamy ice cream, and more. It is so much fun to go each week and see what’s new! I especially like to go at early enough to take advantage of the crab cake breakfast sandwich from Beach Fries. Oh. My. Yumminess! But back to the fresh fruits and veggies…
When we first got married, my husband and I lived out west. I remember going to the farmer’s market there and smelling the hot smoky peppers being roasted in a big drum right there at the farmer’s market. I loved bringing some home to make fresh salsa. Then a friend introduced me to tomatillos! I love their bright green color and tart, tangy taste. A few weeks ago when I saw tomatillos at one of the market stands, I knew I wanted to whip up some salsa with them! It’s perfect with quesadillas, with a taco or taco salad, or my favorite…as a snack with some tortilla chips!
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
recipe slightly adapted from Tyler Florence
- 8-9 medium sized tomatillos, husked, washed, and cut in half (When you remove the husk they will feel a little sticky. I wash them to get rid of this.)
- 1 medium or 2 small onions, peeled and sliced into quarters
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 2 poblano peppers, seeds removed and halved
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- handful of cilantro
- juice of one lime
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tomatillos, onions, garlic, and peppers on a baking tray. Roast for 12-15 minutes then remove from oven let cool. Place roasted veggies plus cumin, salt, cilantro, and lime juice in blender or food processor. Blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!